Fresh green chick peas or Bengal gram or garbanzo beans, has several medicinal properties. It is also a source of natural dye for fabrics.
These fresh ones are available for a very short period of time of the year. It is hard work to extract them from their pods but as the saying goes….Hard work pays, it surely does here.
This can be consumed fresh as it is, or there are several delicious preparations can be made out of these.
In Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, where i hail from these are called ‘boot’ 😉 , here in Delhi they call it ‘choliya’ , which is a Urdu word.
This is how we have seen mom buying the Boot
She used to make me and my younger brother sit alongside her on the floor with old newspapers spread out to extract the peas from the pod 😀
Once extracted, the peas look like this…
Here in Delhi, we have the options of buying the freshly extracted peas from the grocer 😀 (one of the benefits of living in a metro city)
Initially i was planning to make some vegetable stew with this, when Pakhi intervened and said ‘try something new mom’ 😉
Though it’s not anything new, but something different than a stew 😉
Here’s what i did………….
2 cups -fresh green chick peas
1 cup – mashed paneer/cottage cheese
2-3 -green chillies
4-5 – garlic cloves (optional)
2 tbsp – besan (gram flour)
½ tsp – garam masala
A bunch of fresh coriander
Salt to taste
Grind the choliya, coriander, garlic(optional), ginger and green chillies. Try and grind with minimal water. To this batter, add the gram flour, garam masala, salt, and mashed paneer. Mix well. Make small flat roundels and shallow fry.
Squeeze a little lime juice and sprinkle some chat masala on the kebabs. Serve hot with mint-coriander chutney, onion rings.
Tip : dried green choliyas can also be used for the same recipe. Soak it overnight. Boil well with salt. Cool. Mash it with the above mentioned ingredients.
Also they can be deep fried or can be baked.
Served here with mint chutney.
What gave me immense happiness was that Pakhi gobbled down the Vitamins 😉 What more pleasure does a mother of finicky teenager wants 😛 😀
Happy cooking !!! 🙂
Cheers !! 😀